Ebook review: Penumbra by Kat Micari

About the author: “Kat Micari is an author and artist living in the northeast of the United States with her husband, son, and two cats. She enjoys reading a clever turn of phrase, walking in nature, and dancing to the music of the universe. Above all, she loves creating and encouraging others to create.”

From the dust cover: “Fed up with the dirty city and a disenchanting life as a fashion model, Beauty’s world is at least safe. But the illusion of safety shatters the night that she frees herself from her self-imposed fears only to be thrust into the magical underbelly of the city, where forces that want to save humanity and evil beings that want to feed off humanity’s despair fight for balance and power.

Forced from both the comforts and the trappings of her old life, now hunted by a cadre of sinister, rat-faced business men, Beauty’s only hope is to join with a strange magical ally. Together, with the help of fae creatures in unlikely guises, they must seek out an enchanted, improbable artifact that can heal the city before evil tips the balance, once and for all.

This powerful coming-of-age fairy tale follows the path of a young heroine who chooses to take fate into her own hands for the first time in her life, and of the consequences that her choice has on the magical beings of the city.”

My Ebook review: This is a fast paced short story that is full of unexpected action. From the early scene setting we jolt into a paranormal fantasy ride that is as complete as it is brief.

The underlying message is that there is more to life that the hum-drum and that not giving in to the nastiness gives unanticipated opportunities to do tremendous things. Beauty has to grow up quickly and learn.

In one sense this short story could have been more, but the author has created it short and sweet and that seems to work well.

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